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What is A Civil Court Bond?

Civil court bonds, also known as Judicial Court bonds, serve as financial guarantees that certain obligations will be fulfilled as ordered by the court. These bonds are typically required by the court (Obligee) in civil litigation cases to protect the interests of plaintiffs, defendants, and other stakeholders involved in legal disputes. 

They provide assurance that parties will comply with court judgments, orders, or injunctions, thereby mitigating financial risks and fostering accountability within the legal system. In simpler terms, they provide peace of mind that everyone will uphold their legal responsibilities as directed by the court.

Civil Court Bond Categories: 

Civil bonds can be identified by the Principal (Plaintiff or Defendant) who holds the bond as required by the court.

Plaintiff Bonds

This type of civil court bond ensures that any damages suffered will be paid out by the plaintiff if the court rules in favor of the defendant. Plaintiff bonds include, but are not limited to:

  • Appeal Bond: Plaintiffs Appeal Bonds provide financial security to the winning party while the losing party appeals a monetary judgment. This bond ensures the winning party is paid while the appeal is pending, preventing execution of the judgment. It demonstrates the intent to honor the judgment without undue delay.
  • Attachment Bond: Attachment bonds secure defendant assets for potential damages upon favorable judgment, offering financial assurance to plaintiffs. Courts set bond amounts based on potential harm and the defendant’s asset value.
  • Injunction Bond: An injunction bond safeguards a defendant from financial losses resulting from an unwarranted court injunction filed by a plaintiff. Plaintiffs are typically responsible for the bond, set by the court to cover potential financial losses.
  • Replevin Bond: A replevin bond is required by a plaintiff seeking to recover possession of property pending the outcome of a lawsuit. It safeguards the defendant’s interests, if the court ultimately rules in their favor, ensuring compensation for any damages incurred.
  • Claim and Delivery Bond: A claim and delivery bond is required for plaintiffs seeking to recover wrongfully withheld property. It compensates the defendant if the plaintiff’s claim fails, they are compensated for any losses resulting from the seizure of the property.
  • Indemnity to Sheriff Bond: An indemnity to sheriff bond reimburses the sheriff for any damages or losses incurred while executing a court order. It protects the sheriff against potential liability arising from the enforcement of legal actions.

Defendant Bonds

Defendant bonds are usually required when a monetary judgment is awarded and the losing party wishes to appeal the court’s decision. The defendant’s bond will act in place of the required payment while the defendant files a motion to appeal the decision. Defendant bonds include, but are not limited to:

  • Appeal Bond: Defendant Appeal Bonds, also known as supersedeas or stay bonds, are required when a defendant wishes to appeal a court decision. They serve as a guarantee that the defendant will pay the judgment if the appeal is unsuccessful. These bonds protect the plaintiff’s interests and ensure financial recourse in case of appeal failure.
  • Release Attachment Bond: A release attachment bond is necessary to lift or release an attachment placed on a defendant’s property or assets. It offers financial assurance to the plaintiff for any potential damages resulting from the release of the attachment.
  • Dissolve Injunction Bond: A dissolve injunction bond is required to lift or dissolve an existing court injunction. It provides financial protection to the party seeking dissolution by compensating the enjoined party for any damages incurred due to the injunction.
  • Counter-Replevin Bond: A counter-replevin bond is needed when a defendant seeks to recover property that has been seized pending the resolution of a lawsuit. It safeguards the plaintiff from any damages suffered if the property is wrongfully returned to the defendant.
  • Transfer of Lien Bond: A transfer of lien bond is utilized when a property owner seeks to transfer a lien from one property to another. It guarantees payment of the transferred lien amount and protects the new property owner from any claims against the transferred lien.

FAQs About Civil Court Bonds

Who Needs a Civil Court Bond?

In a civil lawsuit, a judge may require either the plaintiff or defendant to obtain a civil court bond. The bond ensures compliance with specific court orders. For instance, an appeal bond might be required by a losing party who wishes to challenge the verdict in a higher court.

Who are the 3 Parties in a Court Bond?

All surety bonds are an agreement between 3 parties: the Principal, the Surety, and the Obligee. In civil court bonds, the Obligee is the court requiring the bond, and the Principal is the defendant or plaintiff required to hold the bond. Contact The Surety Place to be your Surety provider.

What is the cost of a civil court bond?

Court bonds are usually considered high-risk bonds compared to other bond types, which will often require higher premiums and stricter terms for the principal applying for the bond. Civil court bonds can range from 1% to 10%+ of the total amount in the lawsuit, depending on the principal's personal credit, financial history, and financial stability. Also, depending on the amount needed for bond coverage, the surety may require collateral to help mitigate some of the risk associated with underwriting the civil court bond.

How is a civil court bond obtained?

Because this is a higher risk bond type, the surety will sometimes require extra steps in the approval process. As with any bond, you will be required to fill out the appropriate bond application form and submit any documentation to the surety for the approval process. Not only will a credit check be run, but collateral may be required as well in order for the surety to underwrite the bond and lower their risk of working with a high-risk client. All documents must be submitted upon the surety's request; otherwise, approval is unlikely.


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